Looking for tips for a Zurich layover

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1. Posted by lon247 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!


My wife and I have a layover in ZRH Airport early October this year via Swiss Air landing at 6:10am with a Swiss Air flight to FCO at 5:45pm. This leaves us with about 11h layover and about 8.5h in the city by my estimates.


6:10-6:45am deplane / pray bags are checked through / get ZurichCard

6:45am Train to City Centre

7am Breakfast - where?

8am In no particular order - Market / Banhofstrasse / Cruise? Lunch? / Other activities?

3:15pm Train back to ZRH

3:45pm-5:45pm Hang at ZRH till flight


- Does timing look about right?

- With the ZurichCard - I understand it covers the train, but does that mean that’s all I need or do I need to purchase something using the ZuirchCard to do the round trip?

- Breakfast recommendations at 7am?

- The day in the city

- Any recommendations on order of activities, how much time we spend in different places and additional sites?

- I keep reading about different boats/cruises, but I can’t tell which one is best and available during that time of the year and if they are covered by ZurichCard, how long they are, and if they return to the original location

- Recommendations on experiencing the Tram?

- We’re foodies, recommendations on lunch spots? Snack locations?

- Would a SIM card for such a short trip be recommended?

Open to any other suggestions or tips or things we should be aware of doing a layover trip through ZRH would be great. Thanks!

2. Posted by Taitravels (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi There !
I myself been to the area several times and giving that it will be your first time I will recommend the following ( Skip morning Zurich and head out to Lucerne ) ... you can do the following:

Recommended Itinerary
6:45 - 7am - Get the direct train out of Zurich Airport to Lucerne ( 1 hr 20 min) you will be arriving around 8:30am just in time for breakfast.
9am - 10am - Breakfast overlooking the lake
10am - 11am - Ferry around the lake or take the gondola to Mount Pilatus ( 30 min ) + 30 min up there and 30 min down .. you will be back by 12: 30pm
1pm - take the train to Zurich City Center ( 1 hour is enough )
2pm - arrive in Zurich
2pm - 3pm - Zurich walking
3pm- 4pm - Head back to Airport to take your flight to Rome

Hope this helps !!! Should you need more information feel free to see more out our Swiss travels on instagram or Flickr -snip-


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